Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in D.C.

  Over 400 firefighters, who died in the line of duty in 2001, will be honored in Washington, D.C. October 4-7 drawing thousands to the 21st observance of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. Venues in the nation's capital will...

The IAFF service that was scheduled last fall in New York City, and then cancelled amidst debate of timing and control, has not been discussed further according to Burke. Although the IAFF said at the time they would consider rescheduling after Mayor Giuliani's administration turned over the reigns of control to new Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Burkes said the idea is still there but that is as far as it goes at this time.

Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. Each October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year.

The Foundation will release additional details on the Memorial Service and related events announced as soon as the plans are finalized.

Siarnicki said the Memorial Weekend is expected to return to the Emmitsburg site at the National Fire Academy next year.